Libra ensures that everything maintains equilibrium by seeing to it that human experiences are placed in the scales of balance and correctly weighed. That which is valuable is kept while that which is worthless is thrown away. This process of separating the wheat from the chaff creates harmony, develops our powers of discrimination, and brings into equality the two forces of duality. Libra acts in our 3D world as the sign of justice through the governance of law, sex, and money on the playing field of our individualized personality. These three areas represent humanity’s greatest battlefields. We will find this expressed first as legislation, legality, and justice. The second aspect manifests to us as relationships forged between the pairs of opposites. The third depiction of this process is used to demonstrate money/finance as concrete energy. It is literally gold which acts as an externalized symbol of that which is created by the bringing together of spirit and matter upon our physical world.
Libra likewise has three planetary rulers: Venus rules the personality, Uranus rules the Soul, and Saturn rules the hierarchy. Venus is the aspect of our animal magnetism which awakens desire and passion within to lay the foundation for experiences of love. Libra here asks that we learn to discern between material personal desire and intelligent spiritual love. Uranus transforms consciousness via rebellious inner change and expansiveness. This occurs through us learning of the expansiveness of space, being, and renders all individuals reborn. Saturn conditions where choice becomes possible and where the shouldering of personal responsibility is recognized. It is here that the evolving human reaches a point of tension which will demand nerve and poise to make the best decision.
Libra seeks the development of harmonious cooperation and fluid interchange where each human is made aware of the importance of relationships on all levels. Through this process the art of harmoniously relating develops and we discover our ability to see that differing components must be considered before any choice of action is undertaken. The need for “right” attitude in relation to any and all tasks must be developed for this evolution to be effective and recognized. This requires us to develop our need for right values, good judgment, and ethical laws so that collective activities can function.
To our average human comprehension level with no developed spiritual consciousness we go forth again and again throughout the aeons needing to remember the mantra of Libra is I choose the way which leads between the two great lines of force.
From within esoteric Judaism and Christianity we see this best in the month of Tishrei. Tishrei is the seed level of each new year expressed by the holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot. These months mark a time of reflection, self examination, and accountability. If we struggled through any hardships or negativity over the last year it serves as indication that the seeds planted in the previous year required more care, purity, and commitment on our part for them to bear their fruit. Consider digging deeper and putting forth more effort. The purer the seed you plant the more abundant the fruit it bears will be upon maturation.
Tishrei and Libra are associated with the Hebrew Letter Lamed which is a symbol of self surpassing or surpassing one’s limits. This requires strength of character and willpower. Lamed means to learn/teach and is a process of one who acquires knowledge. Lamed is created via two triangles (upper and lower) which illustrates to humanity the balance between parallel universes. You will often find Librans to be intellectuals with a desire to study, know, and understand. This sign also loves beauty, music, and art. The caution for them according to Kabbalah is to not get trapped in the act of people pleasing. One born in this zodiac sign should learn and develop the art of saying “no” from time to time.
Libra corresponds with our ears and the kidneys. The ears denote balance while the kidneys are attributed to our emotions. While Librans strive for equilibrium and harmony in their relationships as well as their environment they usually find themselves placed within a state of confusion. This zodiac sign is known for mulling things over and obsessively considering every angle of a presented issue in an attempt to reach equanimity. They may perpetually hesitate wavering between one aspect or the other. Librans are prone to seeing both sides of an argument and believing that both sides hold equal merit. This can cause them to become paralyzed with the fear of making a mistake or a bad decision.
The symbol of the scales in the sign of Libra often reminds us of attorneys, judges, and juries. Each side of the scales can be thought of as one side of a case before the court presenting evidence and argument. The judge and/or jury is responsible for determining which side of the scale is heavier when all the evidence and argument is presented. From this symbol we may find the following common phrases:
- Justice is blind
- Weighing the evidence
- To tip the scales one way or the other
- All men are created equal
- Hanging in the balance
- Truth is a double-edged sword
We find Libra best depicted in our mythology through the Goddess Themis from Greece who is an archetype of divine justice, order, and customs. Like Maat she sat in judgment of the recently deceased deciding whether they were fit to be sent to Tartarus or the Elysian Fields. Themis would call the Gods to assemble before Zeus and ensured there was order maintained during their lavish banquets. We find her role in enacting justice with compassion, ensuring a proper distribution of power that is realistic and fair, and ensuring those in power do not misuse or manipulate from the position they hold. She was also visionary in tracking probable outcomes of the future envisaging a better way of living for all humankind. The purpose of this is that the spirit of moral order should remain fair as a transcendent universal ideal or be based on immemorial custom in the sense of socially enforced norms and conventional rules.